The Best Caribbean Hotels 2011
Courtesy Anacaona Boutique Hotel
For decades, this 16-mile-long island in the British West Indies has had what is arguably the Caribbean’s highest concentration of luxury properties. Among the original movers and shakers were Robin and Sue Ricketts, who helped create and manage such legendary hotels as Malliouhana and Cap Juluca. Now the Ricketts have embarked upon a new project: the 27-room Anacaona Boutique Hotel, a stylish and affordable alternative on an island that is known for its sky-high prices. The modern, tropical rooms (Frette linens; gold and lime pillows; iPod docking stations) look out onto one of two swimming pools, and those on the upper floors have vistas of the sea. Best of all, the mile-long Meads Bay beach is just steps from the property. Doubles from $250.
T+L Tip: The Ricketts host frequent cultural events, including appearances by island musicians, actors, and historians.